I decided it is time I updated peeps on my Western Oz experience, I know I kept people well updated on my East Coast Travels, and being in Perth for 8 months now I thought maybe I would blog about it. My time here seems to have flown and it feels like I have been here forever yet at the same time, no time at all. Time seems to get faster and faster going by with a blink of the eye. As 8 months is a long time to blog and my memory couldn’t tell you everything day to day! I thought I would highlight you on my favourite times here in Perth. 1. Margaret River- this is a must for anyone who takes a trip this side of the world, it is beautiful, great for fishing, wine drinking and more wine drinking. It is a famous wine region with lots of the winery’s and breweries, they are all set against amazing backdrops, Steve and I did it mid summer so it was boiling but at least that made u feel u really deserved your nice cold beer. Steve and I camped, we had a lovely small tent that meant we didn’t sweat at all …..not! Steve loved the fishing and I just loved meandering from one watering hole to the next, not a care in the world. 2. Christmas- now this was a weird time of year, mainly due to the insane sun! It was so hot, I really sweated, my body was a bit taken aback by the new places it found to perspire. Steve and I found we had to limit ourselves to a hour of sunshine a day so we didn’t get sunstroke and become sun induced zombies, literally a few hours of 40 degree heat makes me sleep for days. I enjoyed Christmas because we spent it with steves aunt and uncle and they took us to their friends house where in good tradition me and Steve ate and ate,I actually was sick that night, but that was post chocolate game and my sheer determination to win! I tried oysters and I hate them. It was lovely to experience Xmas In oz and go to the beach and body board instead of listen to the queen and eat a entire tin of quality street, even though I love doing that! 3. New year- Steve and I spent this in Kings park overlooking Perth city, mainly it was amazing due to the fireworks and the skyline at night, Perth always looks so pretty from Kings park. We spent it with Steve’s aunt and uncle again and their friends, it was nice to be social, even though the government had strict drinking times, start from 6pm only otherwise people were fined! 4. Fremantle bike ride- bit of a small event, me and Heather my traveling east coast buddy did this 18km bike ride. She came over to visit and we rented bikes for a day for something to do. So we cycled from Perth city to Fremantle and it was lovely, apart from Heather slowly falling apart mid route due to leg, back. nose head pain ( little broken Hev). We made it to Fremantle in one piece, passing the ocean on the way and it was stunning, Fremantle is one of my favourite places in Perth. 5. Kings park running- sad but true, the ozzie’s love a bit of early morning running, cycling, swimming, and salsa moves on the beach. I couldn’t make it up at 5am in the morning but me and my running friend would go running in kings park and down to the Bell tower on the esplanade, a nice 8k run and the views are beautiful and are every time I go! 6. Swan Valley- Swan valley is a mini Margaret river, vineyards and a chocolate factory, no place can go wrong with both those things. It is not far from Perth so a great day trip, especially since most things to get too are quite far away! I have been there several times, once with Steve and our flatmates where I lost miserably at mini golf 😦 and another on a wine tour with my friend Heather and it was great fun, wine, sun and chocolate, mmm heaven is a place on Earth! 7. Jet skiing and dolphins- By far one of the best perks of being in oz is Steves uncle’s jet ski! We ventured a few times out onto the Perth river, speeding into the water with the city spread out before us. One particularly memorable time we spotted dolphins! We were so excited, we drove slowly to them and they swam beside our jet ski, amazing! We were lucky as a few times we have been walking down by the river Steve has spotted Dolphins and we have got very close. 8. Rottnest Island- I did Rottnest Island with my cousin and only recently. Rottnest is a small pricey little ferry ride across from Fremantle harbour. The island Rottnest is named after rats as it is a island of rats apparently! They do have these huge quokka animals which look like a breed between a rat and a rabbit, basically it just looks like a morbidly obese rat, I managed to see two on my cycle round. The bike ride was 24 km, it was the hilliest bike ride of my life, Colleen was past caring about scenery half way through, she kept praying for no more hills but no such luck mwhahaha. We did this bike ride in winter, I can’t imagine the heat in summer, surely you would just die on the way round! The views on Rottnest are amazing and I am sure the snorkelling is too, it was only 19 degrees so by Perth’s standards it was far to cold to get in the water! 9. Coral Bay- I managed to get Steve to take me to Coral Bay, although we only had a couple of days in which to do it due to work, life limitations on our time, dammit. We drove 15hrs, bit slow on the way up due to torrential rain but we eventually arrived in Coral Bay. Driving up through miles upon miles of flat land, red rock, endless acres of outback, makes me realise how empty and massive Australia is, really makes you hope it is worth the drive too! When we arrived we headed straight for a beer and a cider, we sat and looked out across Coral Bay. It was not till the next morning when we got to the beach, the sun shining brightly and sea glistening the awesomeness of Coral Bay hit us. It is literally a cove of paradise, the place where u think it is reasonable to jack in the day job and work as a hippie behind a bar. Spending your days just staring into the vast ocean of blue, watching humpback whales and the sun rise and set everyday. Steve and I decided to do a quad bike tour which included stopping to watch the sunset. We biked around sand dunes and over hills with the most amazing views I have ever seen. I swear every time I head to a new place in Oz and see another beach and an amazing view I say this is my fav, but this one above the coast of Coral Bay was absolutely stunning! In the distance humpback whales were seen, photographs couldn’t even do the view justice. I could have had another two hours of riding, I was mentally closing my eyes (maybe not safe on a quad bike! ) and trying to imprint the views on my memory forever, and just In case I get old timers disease Steve took plenty of pictures. I would of stayed longer, everything in Coral Bay is expensive but definitely worth every kilometre we drove and penny we spent, even my near death death experience on the quad bike was well worth it. 10. Lancelin- Steve and I took a trip up to Lancelin with Heather and Louise. It was 2 hours north of Perth city. We took our body boards ready to sandboard it down death defying dunes, confidence and excitement at the ready we headed off. Lancelins main attraction is sand dunes, when we got there we managed about half hour of sandboarding and then had enough, they weren’t big and daring enough for us brave brave people!! Ha, it was good fun though and at the top of the sand dunes you can see out across to the bay, yet again another lovely view, to drink in and appreciate that nature is a wonderful thing and we mere humans are a speck on the earth of awesomeness. After we sand boarded we headed to the beach which was so very pretty, beautiful waters and jetty which people were fishing off. Not much to do apart from the sandboarding, so great for kids who would do it again and again without getting bored. Heathers friend Louise was rubbish at sandboarding she went at the slowest speed in the world and screamed like she was hurtling at 100 miles hour, I raced Steve as my competitive nature was eager for a stroll around, me and Heather bet him twice mwhahahha! 11. Cotteslow Beach- My favourite beach in Perth, everyday it looks like something straight off a postcard. There are a few bars and cafes in Cotteslow, not much else but the view, the sun, sea and sand is enough. In summer it is great because then I am brave enough to get in the water. Cotteslow doesn’t quite get waves like places such as Scarborough, so it is perfect for families and few waves means you can have a nice swim, I always make sure i’m not he furthest out, just incase a shark gets hungry! 12. Perth bars and restaurants – coming from London Perth is quite small but it has varied bars and restaurants to go to, I have my few faves which I’ll share with you here. Wolf Lane: this has the feel of something you would find in Shoreditch, they do pricey but nicey cocktails (everywhere is pricey though) and on Saturday nights there is a guy who sings and he is really good, if your lucky and get here early you can lounge on a vintage chair, the type you would find in your grandmas living room, listen to tunes and get drunk 🙂 The Mechanics: this is in Northbridge, more dubious, arty side of town, reviews say they do good burgers but I just went for the cocktails and it was good fun. The Stables: My fave bar by far, cocktails are worth the price tag and it is a great atmosphere, it gets very busy though and queues can be massive, unless your me and the bouncer lets you in straight away! The Lucky Shag: Mainly great as it is on the esplanade looking out on the Swan river, great for summer and Sunday drinks, drinks are not to pricey, cocktails are quite nice and food is good too. Hula Bula Bar- I like this bar as it feels like your not in Perth and it is very intimate! Very pricey drinks but they are very alcoholic! Not much of a dance floor but enough for me to get my groove on. The Shed: This is in Northbridge, I ended up there on two drunken nights out and had so much fun. It has a live band and a dance area, when I went last with my cousin there was rock music, we drank and I showed Colleen my best dancing moves! We ended the night with a very funny taxi ride home and me making friends with the toilet basin, quiet nights always turn into the messy ones! The Garden: In Leederville- the Garden is best in summer as it is all outside, so for me The Garden is a great summer haunt, a cold cider and sun on your shoulders, what more do you want? It is a good place to pre drink before you head to Hippie club or the Manor, both dubious places but made better with drink! The Casino- The casino has lots of bars and restaurant, I went there twice and enjoyed myself a lot, not quit a casino like you would find in Las Vegas, minus lots of glitz and glamour and you have Burswood Casino ha. But with good friends and convo it is something different to do, and if you are not Steve and gamble reasonably like me, your go out a little more flush, if you don’t spend it before you get out the door oops! Food wise it is quite pricey in Perth, so we only do it once in a while, we love Grilled as it is a burger place and it is cheap but yummy, they have yummy Gluten free buns. Bella Fonte in Hilary’s boat Harbour, is a pricey excursion but well worth it, Steve always has the chicken parmigiana dish which is twice the size of my head and I went for the risotto every time as it was so yummy! The Breakwater in Hilary’s is nice too, Thursday is good for steak and wine night. The Greenhouse on Hay street is pretty cool, decked out as its name suggests, I ordered fries one lunchtime and they came in a mini shovel! Cute. On Wellington street, nice walking distance from our flat in West Perth is Gordon’s cafe a great place for dinner, I had the beef salad once which was totes amaze. The place is very cool with a nice interior, like a poshed up warehouse, defo worth a gander, gets crazy busy on the weekend. Toast in East Perth is a cafe, I ventured there many times with my friend Chantelle, we went often after our runs as we felt we deserved a good breakkie/ lunch by then. It was on the river which was great as you could sit and get some sun whilst enjoying the view and eating some of the delicious food. Another cafe I enjoyed was Sayers in Leederville, somehow they made mushrooms taste so amazing full of garlicky butteriness, also in Leederville they have Green and co, they sold amazing cake! Slices of heaven on a plate, I don’t recommend the tea there but it attracts a nice crowd of mixed people. Somewhere me and Steve ventured loads was Cicerellos in Fremantle, a fish and chip restaurant in Fremantle Harbour. It has a fantastic view, good value for money and the fish is great, I always order the grilled fish which never disappoints. Two minutes away from Cicerellos is Little Creatures, one of Steves favourite places, it is a brewery and sells Steve’s fav pale ale. The restaurant has a great view over the river and the food is very good too. Little creatures also runs a comedy night at The Loft next door, I went once and it was a good laugh, which was handy as that is what I paid for them to make me do! Laugh god dammit, dance monkey dance. One act was very funny, the headliner I lost track and just kept drinking, I was sure to find him funny after a bottle of wine. There are many more places to sample I am sure and I may have forgot a few, but be prepared to spend, Perth is pricey. On the touristy front, if you want to sample Australia’s vast history, which means find out what happened a few hundred years ago, there is some good tours to do. Australian history is either based on their convict history or aboriginal slaughter. Steve and I did Fremantle person tours, they were good fun, I think the tour guides are worth their money, slightly strange but very informative, they proved a element of entertainment aside from the tour itself. Fremantle and Kings Park have monuments to the World Wars which are worth a gander, especially since they have nice views. Perth’s not quite the historical epicentre so I would probably just stick to visiting all the amazing beaches. One thing you can say about Perth is the weather, it is gorgeous, the sun literally shines everyday, I didn’t need a coat for 9 months, I literally just brought one and that was because I went to Adelaide and it was cold there! Returning I realised how warm Perth is. My time here in Perth has been great, yes it is quieter than London and WA does stand for wait awhile but Perth has much to offer and I’m glad I came, I think though now it is time to plan the next adventure! Time to plan more holidays and get onto the next destination on my list of Life. Thank you for having me Perth and thank you to all the friends I made! I will always remember my ice cream cake Gemma, bbqs on the beach and Chantelle my fitspiration and for some great nights out. Peace out Perth.
Recently I came across a tube clip recommended by a friend, it was of a lady commenting on children’s names on good morning tv with Phillip Scholfield and Holly Willoughby, after then watching more utube clips of her to find out who the hell this women was I became outraged and upset that a women like this was on tv sprouting rubbish for the world to hear. So I was going to rant and rave and talk about equal rights and prejudice but I thought what the heck, perhaps the readers would just like a good old poem. So in a few verses this is what I think of you Katie Hopkins. Katie Hopkins has some very weird views, she is loud and proud for some unknown reason why, she is on tv telling the world what she thinks, people at home are screaming at her from their kitchen sinks! Her views died out ten decades ago, she says she is keeping it real, saying what others dare not to say but she is obnoxious and snobbish and a right pain in the derriere, She hates fat people and tattoos, she hates pointless celebrity’s, but isn’t that you? you were on the apprentice, now you are on tv giving ur skewered point of view! I listened to her and thought, my grandfather is more forward thinking than you. so u hate fat people and you hate tattoos, u hate poor people but they got to be kept in their place hey? I wonder if you say what u say, just for good tv, yearning like those other people just to be a celebrity, cause your views are shared by view, no matter what u say, I refuse to believe everyone’s as narrow minded like you. You talk like your opinion is god but people just laugh at you not nod! Your superficial through and through, a bigot and a snob. I’ll try to be kind but its hard when u look down on the working class, can’t u see everyone just thinks you are a bit of an arse. I saw you on utube and just thought I had to say, I never saw someone who had so much shit to say! There is a new day and dawn of understanding and equal rights, where it is ok to me and it is ok to to be you, no judgement is past if my face is covered in tattoos. So what if my child’s called shane, Tyler or chardonnay, not florence or frieda as I strive to be good, kinder and better (and less like you). there are people trying to get past prejudice and snobbery and wipe away those veneers of what’s was right in the 1920s, welcome to a new age Katie, join us if u please or just get off my
god damn tv!